Welcome to the Agnes Scott Arboretum, certified as a Level I arboretum in the Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation Program of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. 

The Agnes Scott Arboretum provides an interactive, interdisciplinary tree tour through the beautiful campus of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. The featured topics are inspired by the liberal arts curriculum of Agnes Scott College. In keeping with the College’s commitment to the liberal arts, the Agnes Scott Arboretum invites visitors to reflect on the complex connections between trees and humans and the integral role that trees play in our lives.


Agnes Scott College has been selected to host The Georgia Urban Forest Council’s 2015 College Canopy Conference. The date for the event is September 22, 2015.

This conference is for college and university “treekeepers” – those concerned with maintaining a healthy urban forest on campuses. Physical plant managers, landscape directors, grounds crews, administrators and others learn about topics common to college campuses and their trees.

Attendees at this year’s conference will be treated to a presentation about the Agnes Scott Arboretum, followed by a guided tour. The agenda is available here.


Everyone, it seems, loves Agnes Scott’s wonderful trees. Many alumnae cannot imagine a more appropriate way to honor the memory of a deceased classmate than to ask the College to dedicate a newly planted tree to her. In addition, long-serving members of the faculty and staff are given the option of declining a gift of appreciation from the College and having a tree planted for them instead.

To learn more, click on the drop-down menu for Dedicated Trees in the sidebar menu.

Recently, on the occasion of their 50th Reunion, the Class of 1965 raised funds to establish a living memorial to classmates who have died. This ‘Ruby Red’ nuttall oak now graces the lawn in front of Buttrick Hall and McCain Library.




ASC Community Day Tree Inventory Team

On May 21, 2015, the Arboretum co-sponsored with the Tree Campus USA Tree Advisory Committee and the Office of Sustainability a wonderful project during the annual Community Day festivities at the College.

Eight members of the faculty and staff worked under the direction of campus arborist Dudley Hartel, Arboretum co-founder Jim Abbot, and Susan Granbery of the Georgia Forestry Commission to inventory about 50 trees in the northwest corner of the campus.

Participants learned about the whys and wherefores of a tree inventory and the data that they would be collecting that day. After being trained in the use of a laser rangefinder, the measuring of diameter at breast height (DBH), and all the other essentials of a tree inventory, two teams of four eager tree huggers apiece headed out under the trees. See below for pictures of a terrific day counting and measuring trees!